It was “One Zoom To Rule Them All” as more than a dozen main cast members of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003), including the director himself and writer Philippa Boyens, had an epic Zoom reunion on Josh Gad’s brilliant Youtube series, Reunited Apart.
From the hobbit foursome of Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Sam), Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin), to Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) and Orlando Bloom (Legolas), to Liv Tyler (Arwen) and Miranda Otto (Eowyn), almost every participant has a fascinating filming experience to tell on the almost hour-long but thoroughly entertaining episode hosted by actor Gad (a.k.a voice of snowman Olaf in the Frozen franchise, and creator/star of the new animated musical series, Central Park).
One Meme To Rule Them All
Arguably the funniest story is when Jackson reveals how the script for Boromir’s speech at the Council of Elrond–and which contains the line, “One does not simply walk into Mordor”, which has since became a popular Internet meme–was written only the night before. Actor Sean Bean (a.k.a the honorable Ned Stark on Game of Thrones) was handed the rather long script only on the morning of the shoot, and so he had it “cleverly taped to his knee” while delivering his lines. As Jackson indicates, if you watch the scene now (pictured below), you can see each time Bean had to look down and check his script!
Another funny moment is when Monaghan impersonated the great late Christopher Lee (Saruman) throwing a little hissy fit during filming in which he complained to Jackson that he was unable to climb a flight of stairs fluently for one scene. And then there was the hilarious second when McKellen gifted pretty boy Bloom with the nickname, “Easy Boy Recliner”. Not forgetting the time when almost every cast member–including Andy Serkis (Gollum), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), and Karl Urban (Eomer)–reveal with glee the special props they had taken as souvenirs from the Lord of the Rings films which were shot back-to-back.
Reunion Raises Loads of $ for Charity
There is so much to love about “One Zoom To Rule Them All” especially if you are a Lord of the Rings fan or simply a lover of good films. The episode has since chalked up over 2.5 million views in just two days. Add to that, Gad later announced on his Instagram account that over US$42,000 were raised in the first two hours of the episode’s release for the organization No Kid Hungry, which aims to end child hunger in America. (Two days later, the figure went up to US$115,000 and is still rising.)
You can watch the full Reunited Apart‘s Lord of the Rings episode below, which features more behind-the-scenes stories including how The Beatles attempted to adapt the J.R.R. Tolkien epic fantasy novels to star themselves in the ’60s, as well as other enjoyable moments such as when the cast reenact scenes from the films. (And oh, watch till the end for a cameo appearance…)
Check out the other equally fun “Reunited Apart” episodes featuring the casts from The Goonies, Back To The Future, and Splash on Josh Gad’s Youtube channel.
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